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Video surveillance for temporary structures


Johannesburg, 10 Jul 2020
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There are a variety of reasons why temporary structures might be created. From makeshift hospitals in disaster relief locations to music festivals, sporting events, construction projects and beyond, sites erected quickly and for a limited amount of time are becoming more widespread. 

These structures can be left without adequate security measures in place due to the high cost and complexity of traditional surveillance installations. This shortfall in security can lead to accidents, theft, and other preventable safety breaches.

This is where deployable video surveillance and audio solutions are invaluable. Easy and quick to install, deployable solutions are a cost-effective, high-quality alternative to a choice between traditional network infrastructure or no surveillance at all.

Use cases for deployable surveillance

As the world is constantly evolving, so too are the demands for creative and flexible solutions. Deployable surveillance meets those needs by employing an alternative model for temporary structures that requires less time and resource investment, while providing top-notch security and delivering peace of mind.

Temporary hospitals are one such type of structure that is becoming more prevalent and has unique security needs. For one example among many around the world, at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the fight against the current pandemic has led to the conversion of a convention centre into a temporary hospital in order to increase its capacity to treat patients. This type of space necessitates the implementation of comprehensive supervisory measures – and fast. 

Deployable surveillance supports hospital staff in treating and monitoring patients safely while they are working in high stress, intensive situations. In the case of temporary hospitals, video combined with audio surveillance acts as a force multiplier for healthcare professionals, minimising unnecessary patient contact, and aiding them in prioritising resources where they are needed most.

In healthcare facilities, asset protection is also a critical concern. Surveillance becomes crucial in safeguarding equipment, medicines, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. Moreover, video surveillance provides access control, allowing users to regulate who is allowed to enter the building – door controllers are already being used to restrict public access in hospitals for contagion mitigation.

Emergency management and disaster relief comprise another use case in which deployable video surveillance is a favorable solution to maintain safety and security. In humanitarian emergencies, deployable surveillance facilitates oversight and the protection of large-scale logistics and distribution of food, water and medicine. It helps emergency responders meet safety standards, while significantly reducing risk and mitigating potential accidents, ensuring the safety of workers and the protection of life-saving equipment. By providing reliable and timely updates to remote decision-makers, video and audio surveillance also allow for rapid needs assessment and informed decision-making in times of crisis.

When it comes to construction sites and road construction projects, intrusion, interruption, and injury are three of the most common threats to productivity, profitability, and employee welfare across a site. Flexible and easily deployable surveillance facilitates high-quality remote supervision, thereby minimising security issues. This includes assisting in health and safety monitoring and incident investigation, as well as protecting construction sites from unauthorised access, vandalism, and the theft of materials, tools, and machinery.

It is estimated that the construction industry suffers a loss of more than £400 million a year due to vandalism and theft. Deployable surveillance ensures that a site is adequately monitored and allows for site managers to be connected to security and access control systems in real-time. This makes it possible to identify suspect activity before intrusion, and to visually verify what is happening before taking action to prevent damages and subsequent losses.

Benefits of remote video surveillance and access control

For decision-makers responsible for security at temporary and/or remote sites, it can be challenging to decide on the most appropriate surveillance system to implement that will fulfill their particular needs. The benefits of deployable surveillance include remote access to live and recorded high-resolution video from any authorised computer or smartphone, as well as automatic alerts for perimeter activity, intrusion, and easy integration with access control and alarm systems. A deployable solution is the most advantageous surveillance option for temporary structures because it is adapted to provide a flexible, scalable and reliable surveillance system that does not require an on-site physical network.

The applications for temporary/remote video surveillance are not limited to the use cases described above. In fact, they extend across multiple industries and activities: marathons, rallies, critical infrastructure, festivals – the uses are many. Deployable surveillance solutions provide high-quality detection around the clock, and by tapping into the increased available bandwidth in cellular networks, it is also now possible to build cost-effective solutions that can be easily set up and maintained.

How deployable surveillance works

A deployable solution provides high-end surveillance for a short period of time. It consists of a number of versatile, high-performance IP cameras and/or video door stations, as well as a pre-configured cabinet with built-in 4G/LTE router and a software for remote video management and viewing. The solution is both quick and easy to install, with excellent image quality, allowing for reliable detection, access control and remote site management. For temporary setups such as events or construction sites, the same equipment can be used multiple times, making it an even more cost-efficient option.

For temporary setups or installations requiring rapid and flexible deployment, find out more about deployable surveillance here.

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Marketing coordinator Terri Miller Terri.Miller@axis.com
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